In the summer of 2018 we went on a family vacation to Washington DC. This was one of those things I had on my parenting bucket list. It is so important to me that my kids know about their country and have a grasp on what it means to be an American as well as the history of our great nation. I waited until they were all teenagers to do this trip because I don’t think they could have gained as much from it at a younger age. It ended up being the best vacation of my life.
Here is our vacation and my diary of the trip.
This was probably not the best first activity for us to do. It was heavy and left an impact on each of us. Though it was a not the ideal start to our trip it was amazing! Things I learned: Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany, known for his hate of the Jews. The leader did not like him, but the officials reassured him that Hitler could be reined in and controlled. I wonder how those that openly supported him could live with themselves after he was brought down. Did they ever come to realize they were wrong and cruel? We will either learn from history or repeat it. The art in the museum was impacting. It did a wonderful job of telling the story and putting emotion behind it.
This hall was two stories tall with photographs of individuals who died in the Holocaust.
These gates were there!
The most moving art piece that was both beautiful and heartbreaking. An all white exhibit that went through the process of the gas chamber.
This is when I lost it. I could not control the tears. These are the shows of the people who died in concentration camps. The smell was still there.
All that was left behind the cremated bodies were their shoes. Shoes had more value than the soul that used to walk in them to the Nazis.
Memorial for the victims….
The museum had a section for children to visit that explained it in a way they would understand. My son was so moved by this experience that he left a note. He just wrote “Why?’
My oldest son was deep in thought the rest of the day. We will never forget.
Old Ebbitt Grill:
This was the first restaurant we ate at and our favorite! We went back several times. Not only was the food delicious it also has a rich history. It is the oldest saloon in the area. Teddy Roosevelt is rumored to have bagged the walrus over the bar. To this day politicians, celebrities and journalist dine here.
The White House:
This was not my first time to DC. I visited in 1989 and was able to go into the White House with my little brother and Mom. It is far more protected now than it was back in the 80’s. There were barricades in front of the gate and snipers in 4 spots that we could see on the roof. I expected lots of protesting, however the crowds were peaceful advocating for love and understanding. It was refreshing to say the least!
I just have to take a moment to state how awesome DC is to walk in. My very favorite part of the trip was walking from place to place with a locally crafted iced coffee in my hand. These are some of the awesome buildings we saw today!
This is the national church that always has a pew reserved for the president. Presidents have been known to worship here!
Even our condo building was cool! I loved walking home to it every night.
Until next time ~ Happy travels!